Across Arkansas, UAMS Regional Programs provide access to medical services for rural residents and education for healthcare students and professionals. This combination of service and education improves the health for rural Arkansans while also providing needed experience and training. UAMS Regional Programs, formerly the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, was started in 1973 through the combined efforts of then Governor Dale Bumpers, the Arkansas State Legislature and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
Eight Regional Centers serve as the main educational outreach effort of UAMS, preparing physicians and healthcare professionals to serve in rural areas. The programs offer training for family medicine residents and students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and some fields of allied health, as well as continuing education for medical professionals. The Regional Centers also provide information and programs about health careers to ensure an adequate future workforce for the state.
Each of the 8 Regional Centers across Arkansas is responsible for a specific multi-county region of the state. Each program serves as a training site for students and covers multiple counties. To find out more about the Regional Center program near you, click the links at left.